JAMPACT ADOPTED BASIC SCHOOLS
Recommendations Common to All Schools:
- Playground renovation: ground pavement, equipment purchase & installation (Est. US $6,000 per school)
- Establishment of computer labs & other technology upgrades (including accessories,
such as printers) for education and administrative purposes. The goal is for
each school to have a child-friendly computer lab. (Est. $5,000 USD+ per school)
- All schools need fans or air conditioning units.
- All schools need urinals for the boys
- All schools need some form of paintwork
- Roof repair is considered to be of significant importance to certain schools and thus should be made a major priority
- Each school should be provided a properly sectioned sickbay with adequate first aid supplies (external use; only medicinal)
- Furniture, Appliances & Supplies
- Two schools need refrigerators
- All schools need upgraded office furniture, including desks, chairs, and filing/storage cabinets.
- All schools require replenishment of first aid supplies (external use; only medicinal)
- Two schools require fire extinguishers
- All schools need garbage cans
- Continuous replenishment of school supplies and teaching materials.
- Professional/Personnel Development
Principals of the remaining schools (other than St. Stevens) should be
presented the opportunity to pursue degrees in early childhood education
with support from JAMPACTÂ’s TAP. (Est. $1,000 USD per teacher/semester/FTE)*
Periodic meetings among all adopted basic schools to exchange best
practices & mutual cooperation between schools.
Reduction of teacher to pupil ratio: the current teacher to
pupil ratio is quite high depending on enrollment. The
recommended teacher (personnel) to pupil ratio for this population
is 1:10. The average ratio in JAMPACTÂ’s adopted schools exceeds 1:20.
- Fund/Resource Raising
A special workshop (series) should be hosted with all schools present,
preferably including school board members, principals, teachers, &
parents, to discuss the basics (including writing letters of support)
of garnering financial resources and other support for their schools.
School fees support - The average school cost per child is $30.00 USD per month.
However, many parents are unable to pay, and thus there is a low rate of
school fee collection in almost all the schools. This low collection rate
sometimes contributes to the high number of absences; parents becoming
inactive participants due to shame; and the schools operating within very
tight constraints. These constraints involve issues of day-to-day management
and often include the inability to pay teachersÂ’ salaries
* Est. of tuition is based on the University of the West Indies tuition cost for 2008/9 and the exchange rate at the time of summary.